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Erik Blow

Erik Blow

Ashland WI, Minocqua WI

Erik's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Erik's Bio

If you were to ever need to come find me, look no further than the woods or alpine. Adventure on and off the trail is what I live for, and that's what I've been doing for as long as I can remember. From Haines to Acadia, anywhere at any season has the potential for a great expedition.

Erik Blow

Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

I have now become prone to the habit of brining this hammock with me on every adventure possible. There is no sweeter relief than to take the waffle stompers off after a long day on the trail and doze in this dream maker. The fact that it packs so small gives you almost no reason not to bring it along, especially if you are canoe camping. Also, if you have the discipline, you can begin to master the art of hammock acrobatics. The Bummer: it doesn't come with straps.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

4 5

I had been on the market for a pair of casual shoes that could handle urban and woodland activities without being a hiking boot but also not being a pair of cheap Nikes from a department store. The happy medium? Patagonia Boaris shoes. I wouldn't go and try to conquer some 14ers in Colorado, but for being labeled as a casual shoe, these do hold up to an active lifestyle. The vibram sole is definitely the winning touch, a top of the line sole with legendary grip and durability on a sturdy but light leather upper. My suggestion; if your feet sweat a lot, get the A/C. The regular boaris' are great, but do not nearly have the breathability.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

People have said it before me, but I'll say it too; This is good stuff. The Down Sweater itself is already legendary for its weight to warmth ratio, but with an added hoodie, this is an unstoppable winter layer. It effortlessly cuts all wind and cold while weighing so minimal it feels like a t-shirt. The hood is helmet and big head compatible, deep enough to pretty much bury your face in if necessary. this is my go to jacket for cold fall camp days, dry winter adventures and anytime I need warmth fast.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on January 1, 2012

5 5

I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail. The waist band is really comfortable and none of the seams chafe, my only concern is no cuff on the bottom of the legs.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on January 1, 2012

5 5

I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail.

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Erik Blow wrote an answer about on December 29, 2011

You could probably fit in a medium, but it sounds like you are right on the fence for a large. Patagonia mediums fit me, but I am also right on the cusp. I'm 6', 40-41 chest, 180 lbs and 34 waist. With sizes so close, I try to go to a store to physically try which ones work better to avoid frustrations. To be safe if you're ordering online, I'd go with a large.

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Erik Blow wrote an answer about on December 29, 2011

I cannot give you a definitive answer, but most packs that are ski/snowboard specific are coated on the inside with a PVC or other plastic layer, providing a decent amount of protection as long as you stay out of the rain for long periods of time. I have a comprable REI pack and it has this coating and has held up great in blizzards and wet spring snow without any seeping. Hopefully this helps.

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Erik Blow wrote an answer about on December 29, 2011

The down sweaters are much less puffier than the Nuptse, so they are much thinner and lighter. Down Sweaters weigh 13.4 oz compared to the 25 oz of the Nuptse. This doesn't mean less warmth. The Down Sweater is 800 fill compared to the 700 in the Nuptse, so they would be comprable in warmth. The Nuptse may win out because it is thicker, but the Down Sweater cannot be beat for the warmth it holds in such a small, lightweight package.

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Erik Blow wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I have always been a teva guy, and still respect the company, but these are just too good. The way the footbed hugs the arch and cradles the foot is unprecedented in the sandal world. It also brings to mind birkenstocks and their argument of a firmer sole is better over a plush, pillowy footbed. I'll have to agree. The strap system feels like it's not even there, but does a great job securing the foot from heel strike to push-off. The only thing is the straps tend to shift when they are new, meaning repetitive adjustment until they settle down.

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